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Smartphone imaging is pretty advanced these days. You can use the camera to takes videos, high-def photographs and even make panoramic images. One day you might be able to use your camera to see through walls.
We describe the use of semiconductor nanomaterials, advanced fabrication methods and unusual device designs for a class of electronics capable of integration onto the inner and outer surfaces of thin, elastomeric sheets in closed-tube geometries, specially formed for mounting on the fingertips.
OUR fingers are precision instruments, but there are plenty of things they are not sensitive enough to detect.
Don't like blood tests? New microscope uses rainbow of light to image the flow of individual blood cellsMay 21, 2012 — Blood tests convey vital medical information, but the sight of a needle often causes anxiety and results take time. A new device developed by a team of researchers in Israel, however, can reveal much the same information as traditional blood test in real-time, simply by shining a light through the skin. This optical instrument, no bigger than a breadbox, is able to provide high-resolution images of blood coursing through our veins without the need for harsh and short-lived fluorescent dyes. "We have invented a new optical microscope that can see individual blood cells as they flow inside our body," says Lior Golan, a graduate student in the biomedical engineering department at the Israel Institute of Technology, or Technion, and one of the authors on a paper describing the device that is published in the Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Biomedical Optics Express .
The Spartan RX rapidly identifies heart attack patients who cannot activate a common antiplatelet drug. A new point-of-care system accurately screens a patient’s DNA for a single gene in an hour. The shoebox-sized device from Canadian-based Spartan Bioscience analyzes cheek swabs taken from heart attack patients for a common genetic variant, responsible for a potentially deadly reaction to the antiplatelet drug Plavix® (clopidogrel). As recently reported in The Lancet (unfortunately, the article is behind a paywall , but you can read the abstract here ), the bedside system dubbed the Spartan RX enabled doctors to identify every patient in the study who was a carrier of the gene, allowing doctors to provide alternative medications for treatment. The device is the fruit of a joint venture with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, which is Canada’s largest cardiovascular center.
Everyone’s favorite deus ex machina tech from Star Trek may become a reality! (OK, I take it back, replicators, the holodeck, and inverse-phase tachyon bursts routed through the forward deflector array are higher on the wishing-for totem.) The Tricorder Project seeks to create a mobile sensor suite that could be used to aid scientists and medical personnel… basically like what you see in the show. One of the most beautiful aspects of science is that while there is so much we can see and smell and feel around us, there’s an inconceivably large universe around us full of things we can’t directly observe. The Tricorder project aims to develop handheld devices that can sense a diverse array of phenomena that we can’t normally see, and intuitively visualize them so we might see temperature or magnetism or pressure as naturally as we see color.
Senstore's founders Antony Evans and Rachel Kalmar are creating a crowd-sourced tricorder in which developers create hardware. What a great place that Singularity University is. Smart, motivated people coming together to make the world a better place through technology. This past summer a group of talented students put their heads together to tackle the Global Health grand challenge . What they came up with was a hardware platform built into a t-shirt for which developers might design sensory applications.
A pocket-sized device checks blood sugar levels through the skin of people with diabetes — no pinprick or blood sample needed. This is an example of new medical imaging technology that's giving doctors and scientists noninvasive views into the body to diagnose and study diseases. Strategies Unlimited projects that the optical molecular imaging market will double between 2010 and 2014, reaching into the $400 million range. Infraredx, a Massachusetts-based company, has developed a diffuse optical spectroscopy instrument that relies on a fiber-optic probe that can be threaded into blood vessels. The device can collect both ultrasound images and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy data, which cardiologists can use to pinpoint lipid core plaques within blood vessels.
Exponential growth in technology is par for the course at Singularity University , the future oriented institution founded by Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis located at NASA Ames in Silicon Valley. Few fields are developing as quickly as health and medicine, which is why in May of 2011 SU launched a specialized Executive Program called FutureMed . Focused on accelerating trends such as regenerative medicine, artificial intelligence, and genomics, FutureMed gives attendees a unique perspective on the disruptive changes coming to the medical field. FutureMed returns in 2012 from February 6th to 11th , there are still some spots to apply for and there are a few academic and student partial scholarships available. Singularity Hub spoke with Dr. Daniel Kraft, stem cell pioneer, Medical Chair at SU, and Director of FutureMed.
by Tim Bredrup The dream of a Star Trek-style hand held medical scanner is now closer due to a new development in electromagnetic Terahertz (THz) wave technology, also known as T-rays. This technology, also seen in full-body security scanners, is currently able to detect very small and otherwise hidden biological phenomena such as increased blood flow around tumorous growths. Until recently, T-ray technology applications were too expensive and generated only low powers. But researchers are now claiming their new methods of creating T-rays in a stronger, more continuous wave-like fashion will make for improved medical scanning devices that could lead to gadgets much like the “tricorder” scanner made famous by Star Trek.
Most entrepreneurs embark down that path with a mix of luck, circumstance, and insight: They’re futzing with some clunky gadget, and then boom!
The holiday season may be over, but the time spent with friends and family may still be fresh. In all the gatherings, I would bet you had at least one conversation about health--your diet for 2012, a friend’s pledge to exercise more, Mom’s rehab from her surgery, Dad’s long list of medications. It is impossible to escape that time of year without thinking about health; whether you are fortunate to have good health, or hoping this year will bring it. The good news is 2012 will be the year of good health--at least in the world of design and technology.
Public release date: 4-Jan-2012 [ Print | E-mail | Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Michael Bernstein email@example.com 202-872-6042 American Chemical Society A hand-held scanner, reminiscent of the fictional Star Trek medical Tricorder, images blood vessels through the skin and projects a map onto the skin showing nurses exactly where to insert a needle. A pocket-sized device checks blood sugar levels through the skin of people with diabetes — no pinprick or blood sample needed. Those innovations are among a new genre of medical imaging technology that's giving doctors and scientists noninvasive views into the body to diagnose and study diseases.
Scanadu's Medical Tricorder works with your smartphone to takes vitals and diagnose disease non-invasively and at home. Star Trek fans rejoice, the Tricorder is here. Medical tech startup Scanadu has created a scanner that appears to have been inspired by those of Drs. McCoy and Crusher. The ‘Medical Tricorder’ scanner can take vitals such as blood pressure, pulmonary function, and temperature, and sends them to your smartphone.
Maestros Mediline Systems Limited, an Indian medical device maker, launched a telemedicine platform using their portable ECG device, E-UNO R-10 (not the catchiest we’ve ever heard) nearly a year ago. In partnership with Vodafone, this device would transmit ECG’s over Vodafone’s network to a cardiologists mobile phone, initially with Blackberry support only. The cardiologist could then reply with a diagnosis and recommendation for the on-site provider. Currently, the ECG device called E-UNO R-10 is being used in rural areas around Mumbai, though they are currently looking to expand into central India as well.